Oxygen plasma etching of hydrocarbon-like polymers : Part II experimental validation Article - 2018

Alexandre Bès, Min Koo, Thành L. Phan, Ana Lacoste, Jacques Pelletier

Alexandre Bès, Min Koo, Thành L. Phan, Ana Lacoste, Jacques Pelletier, « Oxygen plasma etching of hydrocarbon-like polymers : Part II experimental validation  », Plasma Process Polym., 2018, e1800037

Abstract

The objective in Part II is to verify whether the model developed in Part I for the etching of polymers in oxygen plasmas can apply to all types of polymers. The experimental parametric study of the etching of different polymers in oxygen plasmas and under distinct operating conditions confirms that their etching kinetics follow the general laws derived from the modeling : 1) under identical operating conditions, the etch rates of polymer films with equal carbon concentration are the same and 2) the activation energies for spontaneous etching are shown to be effectively independent of the plasma operating conditions, and their values, common to all polymers, are 0.76 ± 0.05 eV for CO2 desorption and 0.40 ± 0.05 eV for CO desorption.

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